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Hey guys,

My Sapphire 5870 1 GB has been giving me problems for a long time now, and I've decided it's time to replace it. I've been seriously considering either a 7950 or 7970, but I've been thinking about it, and I think if I get a 7950, I'll regret not paying the extra ~$80 for a 7970. I was pretty settled on getting an HIS IceQ 7970 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412), which is $400 right now, but I just stumbled upon a Sapphire 7970 GHz edition for $424 after rebate (http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7970GHZ), so I was wondering which would you guys recommend? I've never owned an HIS card, so I have no experience with them.
Thanks.

-Dan
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Hey guys,

My Sapphire 5870 1 GB has been giving me problems for a long time now, and I've decided it's time to replace it. I've been seriously considering either a 7950 or 7970, but I've been thinking about it, and I think if I get a 7950, I'll regret not paying the extra ~$80 for a 7970. I was pretty settled on getting an HIS IceQ 7970 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161412), which is $400 right now, but I just stumbled upon a Sapphire 7970 GHz edition for $424 after rebate (http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7970GHZ), so I was wondering which would you guys recommend? I've never owned an HIS card, so I have no experience with them.
Thanks.

-Dan

All I can say is that from both of my cards (Sapphire and HIS) the his overall seems to be better quality, do note that the "Boost" cards are nothing but a BIOS update, which is useless as you can just overclock the non-boost. thumb.gif
You can probably find a BIOS to update the non-boost card if you want to (if the voltage is locked on the 7950) and you will get 1.25v at "stock" settings.
 
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Both good brands. Ive had great success with Sapphire. Also gigabyte as well. Found the below on Newegg. $360 after rebate and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150586
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I would stay away from Gigabyte 7970s since they use a new custom PCB with voltage locked. (Cant remember if you can mod the bios for it though) I would go with the HIS, I almost bought that exact one but found a MSI at the last moment haha. I also had that 7970 but returned it since I couldnt use a full waterblock on it. For the two weeks I had it ran like a charm
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@OP are you planning on water cooling? If so better to get a non custom version so you can fit water blocks on it easily as previously pointed out. Unless you are planning on going for the biggest overclocks possible then Gigabyte is perfectly fine and a very decent brand. I have had several using the Windforce cooler over the last few years and all performed well, already came with decent overclocks out of the box, were able to overclock more and were pretty quiet despite being voltage locked for the majority of them.
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I would stay away from Gigabyte 7970s since they use a new custom PCB with voltage locked. (Cant remember if you can mod the bios for it though) I would go with the HIS, I almost bought that exact one but found a MSI at the last moment haha. I also had that 7970 but returned it since I couldnt use a full waterblock on it. For the two weeks I had it ran like a charm

When you are saying I should go with HIS, which one are you referring to? The 7970?

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@OP are you planning on water cooling? If so better to get a non custom version so you can fit water blocks on it easily as previously pointed out. Unless you are planning on going for the biggest overclocks possible then Gigabyte is perfectly fine and a very decent brand. I have had several using the Windforce cooler over the last few years and all performed well, already came with decent overclocks out of the box, were able to overclock more and were pretty quiet despite being voltage locked for the majority of them.

I don't plan on water cooling, no, but overclocking is definitely something I might be thinking of. If I was doing HIS vs Gigabyte 7970, which would you say I should get?

Thanks guys,
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If you are running @ 1080p the 7950 would be fine, then just bump the clocks up. Really doesnt warrant the eighty dollar difference if your just @ 1080p and ok with overclocking it.
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Originally Posted by iMica View Post

If you are running @ 1080p the 7950 would be fine, then just bump the clocks up. Really doesnt warrant the eighty dollar difference if your just @ 1080p and ok with overclocking it.

Thanks. smile.gif

I just checked out with this 7950 about a half hour ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429
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Originally Posted by bosoxdanc View Post

Thanks. smile.gif

I just checked out with this 7950 about a half hour ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429

that`s the best HD 7950 by far...
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Originally Posted by bosoxdanc View Post

When you are saying I should go with HIS, which one are you referring to? The 7970?
I don't plan on water cooling, no, but overclocking is definitely something I might be thinking of. If I was doing HIS vs Gigabyte 7970, which would you say I should get?



Thanks guys,
Dan.

I personally like teh Windforce coolers on the Gigabyte but teh HIS will probably OC better if it has Voltage Control on it. That being said getting those max overclocks means a lot of noise from the fans which is why in the end I stick with the Gigabytes. You get a little bit less OC but not terrible fan noise. Too me it provides a good balance.
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